Suspension of live racing at Laurel Park has been extended through April 4
LAUREL, Md. – Laurel Park will remain open for simulcasting following the cancellation of live racing for the final weekend of its 2021 winter meet.
Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to allow for wagering on the Dubai World Cup program from Meydan Racecourse, beginning with the Dubai World Cup (G2) on turf in Race 3 (8:50 a.m.). The $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1) will go off as Race 9 (12:50 p.m.).
In addition, Gulfstream Park will present a 14-race program featuring 10 stakes, six graded, worth $1.85 million in purses anchored by the 70th running of the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa for 3-year-olds, which has produced a remarkable 60 Triple Crown race winners.
Gulfstream’s first-race post time Saturday is 11:30 a.m. The Florida Derby has a post time of 6:40 p.m.
The sports bar on the second floor of Laurel’s clubhouse and the sports book on the second floor grandstand will both be open Saturday and Sunday.
Laurel is allowing a maximum of 400 patrons with all screening, social distancing and safety protocols in place.
The 2021 spring meet is scheduled to open Thursday, April 1 and run through Sunday, May 2.
Statement from Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park
“In consultation with Maryland State Veterinarian, Dr Michael Odian and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the suspension of live racing at Laurel Park has been extended through April 4.
“This added precautionary measure will further protect the horses stabled at both Pimlico and Laurel Park. The two properties will continue to be treated as separate quarantine zones as announced on March 25.
“For the latest information, please visit www.laurelpark.com or follow @LaurelPark on Twitter and Facebook.”
Laurel Park Press Release
Photo: Laurel Park track (Maryland Jockey Club)